Friday, August 14, 2015

i had a dream...

and it took all summer. but it came true!

i had a dream last spring of building a picnic table together with my kids. partly to teach them a skill. and partly to have in our yard somewhere so that we could be more accessible to our neighborhood by just BEING OUT THERE.

it took all summer. but it came true!
first. we had to get a saw! (pat is SUCH a good sport. going along with all my crazy ideas. he was just glad it wasn't another kid!) i learned every step of the way right along with them! NONE of us had any idea what we were doing!
{warning: picture overload. but i took pics of nearly every step!}

the kids were a part of EVERY step. that was the whole point. i printed out a plan online. and we took those plans to home depot and bought the wood. i stood there and told them what we needed. they loaded it on the cart.
they loaded it in the car.

we put the saw together (harder than you might think. especially when you put the blade on BACKwards the first time!)

and finally started cutting! LOTS of talk about safety...

i tried to give them all ways to help out...
then we attacked our boards! the boards that were going to eventually be the top of the table and the seats, we distressed with nails, screws, hammers, anything we could think of! we watched a youtube description about it so they understood, and then we went to town!

then we sanded them a little (this is the only step i would have changed...i would have sanded them a LOT more!)
next was staining them. man...this was quite the project!

that is a ridiculous amount of hours right there...

putting poly on all the boards. 3 coats.
and painting the boards that hold the table up, black.
we started out with a wood stain that was black. but i didn't like it. so we got a black paint.
now to FINALLY put it together!!!

at this point we realized that we had a problem. i had altered the original plans to make the table longer...and the last 2 boards weren't the right length...
so back to home depot we went...more cutting and painting...

and then it was done!
just getting the table onto our porch (which is where we decided it would live) was a huge task! that thing is HEAVY!

we have eaten so many snacks and meals out there already!
and i hired my girls to make some decorations to brighten that side of the porch up. they came through and we finished the whole thing up yesterday. i could NOT love it more!

we've already served lots of neighbors at this table...and i pray we serve lots more!

some close-ups of the fun distressing :-)

pat bought me this piece at a thrift shop in myrtle beach. i knew RIGHT where it was going to go!
and we're even ready for nighttime meals and fun!
come on over!

{what should our next project be?!?}

cross country

so. we made rebekah try out for cross country at her high school. for lots of reasons: so she could meet some kids before she started high school (we heard the team was full of "nice kids"), to keep/get her in shape for basketball (which is the sport she REALLY wants to play), and we just thought it would be good for her!

she went out for the team (against her wishes). but...she had a GREAT attitude and we praised her up and down for that. she didn't complain at all (at least to our faces ;-)). tryouts were a week long...every morning at 7 am for a week. and...she made the team!!

i took her to target that day to get a new "running outfit."
while we were in the fitting room, joshua and bailey went to the starbucks in target and bought her her favorite drink from starbucks to congratulate her. i thought that was THE sweetest!
we look forward to watching her run! this is our first high school sport and it's already quite the commitment...


this handsome boy got glasses!
he told me earlier this summer that he was having a hard time reading signs, etc.
i knew we'd need to get glasses before school started back up.
he's amazed how well he can see! i'm amazed how often he wears them!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

an answered prayer from the sweetest heart

rebekah came up to me the other day with the biggest smile on her face.
i asked what the smile was for.

she said God had answered a prayer she prayed. and she was so thankful.

a few weeks ago, she prayed that she and sawyer would get closer. she felt like they weren't as "close" as she wanted them to be.

then the opportunity came for her to take him on a fun lunch date.
and the morning of "the smile", he asked her if they could cook something together.
they made chocolate chip scones.

she seemed in awe of how God answered her desire.

but i loved to show her how she also had to choose to be a part of those answers. they both required something from HER, and her being willing to see how He was granting her the desires of her heart, she just had to accept them.

it was a lesson for me, too. how often am i missing His answers by not accepting them?

{and just to keep it real. she IS amazing. but she's also a 13 year old. she definitely gave me attitude yesterday afternoon that she "HAD" to go watch baileys horse lesson for the first time all summer. when bailey has spent ENDLESS hours at HER sporting events! oh, there were words. and a change of attitude. ;-)}